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Fast-Forward Your Future—Only Offered for Fall 2016

The One-year MBA at the Daniels College of Business is a highly selective program that pairs dynamic classroom lessons with case studies, software simulations and real-world projects to help you realize your full potential. It provides the same academic rigor and innovative learning as our traditional MBA, but in a fast-track format that leverages your undergraduate studies. This 11-month, 56-credit program examines business from a local, global, entrepreneurial and sustainable perspective.

The selective program requires that you enroll within 11 months of earning your undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited business school and each student must meet all admissions requirements. This program is available for a fall 2016 start date ONLY. This will be the final year this program is offered. Please contact us for more information.

Program At-A-Glance

PrerequisitesAn undergraduate business degree from any AACSB-accredited university; enrollment must begin within 11 months of undergraduate graduation.
Program CurriculumA 56-hour, 11-month, full-time program with 8 credit hours of intensive business review, 12 credit hours of advanced core classes, 12 credit hours of Daniels Compass courses and 24 credit hours of electives in your selected concentration.
Program FormatCohort program: Experience the MBA core classes with the same set of peers to maximize cross-learning, collaboration and networking.
Program Start DatesAugust 2016 (*Please note: This will be the last incoming class for the One-year MBA.)
Tuition$1,258 per credit hour plus graduate program fees
Financial AidFederal and private loans; merit and need-based scholarships
Application DeadlineOctober 15 (for all Daniels students who are applying as a Dual Undergraduate Graduate). All other applicants, please see details.


The hands-on learning was my favorite part of my education and was the way in which I learned the most about the business world and myself. Leading at the Edge weekend was a powerful learning experience for me as well. This program helped me examine and understand my leadership style and preferences. Understanding this about myself has helped me immensely in my professional career.- Bonnie Fetterman, One-year MBA 2013 | Learning Strategist, DaVita Healthcare Partners

Program Curriculum

  • Ethical Leadership: Daniels graduates excel at understanding the ethical implications of business decisions. In the Daniels Compass courses, you will practice leading cross-functional teams and devising solutions to complex business situations.
  • Technical Expertise: Students gain the technical knowledge—across a wide range of business disciplines—that is expected of today’s business managers. From finance to marketing to management, the One-year MBA exposes you to key business concepts and gives you hands-on experience through software simulations, team projects and student consulting.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: To be effective in the workplace, you must pair technical skills with interpersonal ones. As a Daniels student, you will develop your communication and team-building skills through collaborative projects on campus and in the field.
  • Critical and Innovative Thinking: Daniels students are never satisfied with “we’ve always done it that way.” Our coursework develops the ability to gather, analyze and synthesize information to solve business dilemmas and create new opportunities.
  • Global/Intercultural Competence: With an internationally diverse student body and a university-wide commitment to global stewardship, Daniels students learn to navigate the ever-changing global business environment and constructively engage with people from groups or cultures different from their own.

Course Sequence

chart-1yrmba-2014The types of courses included in the sequence:

  • Business Review (Boot Camp): Review the business fundamentals you learned during your undergraduate experience to maximize your learning in the MBA program.
  • Daniels Compass Courses: The Daniels Compass is the ethical framework that cuts across our curriculum to enrich everything we do. Learn the important aspects of leadership in today’s business environment, including a focus on self-leadership, emotional intelligence, team collaboration, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Core Courses: These courses expand your technical skills, business knowledge and professionalism culminating in the Enterprise Solution project in which students work on small teams to analyze real-world business issues for a domestic or international organization.
  • Electives: With more than 24 elective credits, you can pursue a concentration in a specific business discipline or customize your own. Students can take courses from any academic unit at the University of Denver to build a truly individualized degree plan.

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Course Descriptions

Business Review | 8 Credit Hours

MBA 4050 Business Foundations I | 4 Credit Hours

MBA 4060 Business Foundations II | 4 Credit Hours

Daniels Compass Courses | 12 Credit Hours

BUS 4610 The Essence of Enterprise | 4 Credit Hours

Today's business environment is increasing characterized by complex questions without clear black and white answers that span well beyond the historically narrow focus on the enterprise. Managers of tomorrow must be equipped with analytical and conceptual skills that allow them to see connections between social and environmental challenges and opportunities from local to global levels and how they interact and influence enterprise-level value creation and innovation in a responsible manner. This course provides a perspective —i.e., a worldview—that appropriately places the enterprise in the context of an interconnected world where success—organizationally and personally—is determined by how well one applies the necessary functional skills and organizational understanding to opportunities and challenges framed by globalization—both shared and disparate values—and the need for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. This course draws on the history of business practice and leadership to provide a foundation for personal self-discovery and professional direction.

BUS 4610 The Essence of Enterprise | 4 Credit Hours»

BUS 4620 Ethics for the 21st-Century Professional | 4 Credit-Hours

A fundamental purpose of this course is to engage students in ongoing reflection and dialogue about their responsibilities as managers and leaders. Of particular emphasis are the ethical, professional, social and legal responsibilities of managers and leaders, especially as it relates to numerous stakeholders and communities. This course focuses on the idea of "community" and the ethical and social relationships of business leaders and business organizations in their communities. A particular focus will be the role of the business manager and executive as a professional with unique and special responsibilities. These roles will be examined by analyzing a variety of issues that students will face during their careers. The goal is to provide students with a generalized understanding and skills that can be employed in dealing with other issues that may emerge in their business careers. Prerequisite: BUS 4610.

BUS 4620 Ethics for the 21st-Century Professional | 4 Credit-Hours»

BUS 4630 Creating Sustainable Enterprises | 4 Credit Hours

A sustainable enterprise is defined as any human endeavor with integrity in three interconnected dimensions: environmental, cultural, and economic, and whose collective actions meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The fundamental purpose of this course is to help prepare students for careers in which success requires a worldview that extends beyond the enterprise level for managers to create sustainable cultural, social and financial value for the organization and society in a responsible manner.

BUS 4630 Creating Sustainable Enterprises | 4 Credit Hours»

MBA Core Courses | 12 Credit Hours

MBA 4205 Strategic Career Management | 4 Credit Hours

Strategic Career Management offers graduate business students a theoretical and practical understanding of career management within the context of the current and projected labor market. The course facilitates the development of personal short- and long-term career action plans and provides students with the tools and frameworks for developing other employees' careers once they are in managerial roles. This course is offered in conjunction with the Suitts Center for Career Services. Major components of the course include in-depth self-assessment, labor-market assessment (macro and micro), creating a career development and action plan, positioning and branding oneself within the marketplace and lifelong career management. Prerequisite or corequisite: BUS 4610.

MBA 4205 Strategic Career Management | 4 Credit Hours»

MBA 4690 Enterprise Solutions | 4 Credit Hours

A practical application of key business and managerial knowledge, skills, and competencies designed to integrate all graduate program elements and provide students with a distinctive advantage in career development.

MBA 4690 Enterprise Solutions | 4 Credit Hours»

MGMT 4280 Business Design | 4 Credit Hours

Each student learns an organized approach to rapid design of a business with a sustainable competitive advantage based upon innovations(s) to the business model. That innovation(s) is discovered through an investigation of the existing business models and the competitive landscape including: suppliers, customers, competitors, substitutes and barriers of entry. Specific opportunities are identified through investigation of the following: industry, market, and competition. Opportunities to create competitive advantages are investigated through the design of strategies in: marketing, sales, operations, human capital, social responsibility, financing, corporate governance and technology. The course offers a workshop atmosphere in which students are expected to apply and discuss the various aspects of business planning. The result is a written business plan and presentation to funding sources reflecting a sustainable competitive advantage and creation of a defensible market. Offered WI and SP.

MGMT 4280 Business Design | 4 Credit Hours»

Electives/Concentration | 24 Credit Hours

The possibilities are endless. Talk to your graduate admissions manager about the elective/concentration courses available at Daniels and the entire University of Denver.

Enterprise Solutions

All Daniels MBA students are required to roll up their sleeves and participate in an Enterprise Solutions project. For 10 to 12 weeks, you and a small team of fellow students will tackle a pressing business challenge faced by a domestic or international company. Your team will analyze data, apply business concepts and deliver comprehensive recommendations to your client company. It's an invaluable opportunity to put your business and team-building skills to work.

The Stakes Are Real and the Standards Are High

Companies that sign up to participate in Enterprise Solutions expect to receive high-caliber consulting services—and Daniels students have a reputation for delivering results. We hold you, the student, and the client companies to the highest standards to ensure successful project outcomes.

Students will:

  • Integrate at least two business disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, leadership, accounting, etc.) from the Daniels core.
  • Integrate at least one Compass discipline (e.g., ethics, globalization/innovation, sustainability, etc.) from the Daniels core.
  • Understand and apply dimensions of product/market positioning, industry typologies, generic strategies, critical factors for success, economic, social, political (external), regulatory/legal, technological and competitive constraints affecting decisions.
  • Perform successfully as a project team.

Make a Difference at Home or Overseas

There are three types of Enterprise Solutions opportunities:

  • Local Opportunity: Work at a Denver-based organization or company.
  • Domestic Opportunity: Work on a U.S.-based project. Requires travel for onsite consultations.
  • Global Opportunity: Students are immersed in a different culture while working on a project based outside of the United States.

High-profile Projects with Bottom-line Implications

To secure meaningful projects for our students, we partner with Fortune 500 for-profit, nonprofit and governmental entities including Molson Coors, Newmont Mining, Deutsche Bank, Coca-Cola, Frontier Airlines, Dish Network, Denver Health, Janus Capital, The United Way and the Colorado Secretary of State.

Past Enterprise Solutions projects include:

  • Newmont Mining: Students developed metrics for measuring the community and environmental impact of Newmont's gold mine operations in Peru.
  • Kaiser Permanente: Students created a business plan for obtaining corporate sponsorships for a new public information campaign.
  • Lockheed Martin: Students conducted a technological SWOT analysis of alternative power sources.
  • Deutsche Bank Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium: Students performed due diligence on microfinance loan applicants on site in Cambodia.
  • Ballet Nouveau Colorado: Students completed a feasibility study and business plan for satellite schools throughout Colorado.

 Elective Curriculum

At Daniels, we recognize that an MBA is not one size fits all. With 24 elective credits, you can tailor your MBA to your career interests and aspirations by pursuing an MBA concentration, customization or dual degrees. Other learning opportunities such as case competitions and in-the-field programs like the Walk Down Wall Street allow you to delve even deeper into specific business disciplines.

For more information about any of these options, please contact a graduate admissions manager.


The wide range of concentrations offered by Daniels allows you to tailor your education to fit your career goals.


While the concentrations above require prescribed courses, a customized degree can draw upon the resources of any School, College or Department within the University of Denver.

Examples of customized concentrations:

  • Bioenterprise
  • Environmental Policy & Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Training & Development
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Management

Dual Degrees

Daniels offers unique opportunities for graduate students to simultaneously earn two master-level degrees or a master’s degree and a juris doctor degree. Students can also select an MBA concentration or customization rather than a dual degree.

MBA + Master's in a Specific Business Discipline

Consider a dual degree that combines an MBA with a master of science in a specific business discipline. 

Experiential Learning

Learning at Daniels gets you out of the classroom and into the field interacting with business leaders, solving real business problems and using your business skills when the stakes are real. You'll emerge from Daniels business sharp, field tested and ready to lead—adaptable to new situations and well-versed in both big-picture strategic thinking and cross-functional intricacies.

Gain Real-world Experience

At Daniels, our deep connections around the world create ample opportunities for you to meet and learn from the top professionals in your industry of interest. 

  • Global Opportunities (GO) Program: Students travel abroad to tackle a real-world project for a partner organization. Many projects focus on sustainable development issues; how to balance profit and growth with social, cultural and environmental implications. Fulfills the Enterprise Solutions requirement.
  • Voices of Experience: Dynamic discussions with business leaders on the challenges and opportunities in today’s business world.
  • Executive and Alumni Mentoring: Gain insight from an executive and/or alumni mentor in your field of interest.

Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Daniels has unique programs that push you beyond your comfort zones, encouraging development in leadership skills and personal growth.

  • Leading at the Edge (Graduate): As part of the required Essence of Enterprise course, you'll travel to the Rocky Mountains to participate in an intensive three-day exercise in outdoor leadership and team-building called “Leading at the Edge.” The intellectually rigorous experience teaches decision making, problem solving, teamwork and how to address ethical issues in times of stress. The weekend aims to establish trust among cohorts and instill the importance of values in leadership. Students find themselves moving from an individual to a collaborative perspective with regard to their future roles in business and the community.

Compete Against the Best

Case competitions provide you with a chance to showcase your critical-thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills—experiencing firsthand the challenges of the business world.

  • Race & Case: Daniels’ signature event that combines an ethics case competition with a ski race.
  • Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition: Daniels is proud to host one of the country’s few business case competitions focused on diversity. Students tackle a current issue around inclusive excellence, which is a strategic imperative for a participating company.
  • Cable Apprentice Challenge: This unique combination of education and networking with the best and the brightest in the business is a challenge to develop research and analysis tactics to help Comcast Colorado.
  • Association for Corporate Growth Case Competition: A regional business school case competition. The ACG Cup is a case-study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.
  • Aspen Institute's Business & Society International MBA Case Competition: More than 1,000 students from 25 business schools tackle a new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, requiring innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. You will step into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision making—not unlike the challenges that you and your teammates will face as the next generation of business leadership.


At Daniels, our faculty members are passionate about teaching. As scholars who are deeply engaged in the business world, they excel at bridging the gap between theory and real-world application. The result is an academically rigorous and highly relevant learning experience that prepares you for business realities.

Daniels faculty delivers a high level of instruction with a personal touch. Here, you'll find teachers who know your name and care about your goals. They'll become inspiring mentors who challenge your assumptions, encourage your best effort and connect you with business leaders in Denver and beyond.

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Contact Us

Graduate Student Advisor
Kenny Metcalfe
Direct: +1 303.871.3934
General: +1 303.871.3416